Information on Bute Community Power’s plans for two wind turbines on a hilltop site near the centre of the island will be available at a public drop-in event in Rothesay this weekend.
Photo-montages of the organisation’s proposed project at Auchintirrie farm will be on show at Rothesay Golf Club this Saturday, March 21, between 12 noon and 4pm.
A similar event was held at the Port Inn in Port Bannatyne last weekend, and a third and final session takes place at Ettrick Bay Tearoom from 12 noon to 4pm on Saturday, March 28.
Bute Community Power hopes to generate around £1 million for the island from the two Auchintirrie turbines, which would each have a capacity of 250 kilowatts.
BCP was set up in November 2013 as a ‘community benefit society’, meaning it is required to contribute any profits it makes to the local community.
It initially hoped to raise £5 million for the island in the space of 25 years through renewable energy projects, although project manager Boyd Alexander warned in January that continuing falls in ‘feed-in tariff’ rates - the incentives offered by government for generating electricity from renewable sources - could eventually lead to the project becoming unfeasible.
A planning application is expected to be submitted soon.